Eagles' Bennett won't take pay cut: 'I actually want a pay raise'

Eagles' Bennett won't take pay cut: 'I actually want a pay raise'

Eagles' Bennett won't take pay cut: 'I actually want a pay raise'

The Philadelphia Eagles have traded defensive end to the New England Patriots in exchange for a draft pick, according to Philly.com writer Jeff McLane.

The Eagles prioritize defensive line depth over nearly everything else in football, but they've also got a lot of it already and could decide they'd rather go with multiple cheaper options instead of giving Bennett even more money.

You're always caught off guard when your name is brought up in the trade block or being traded but you understand that people want to acquire your services. I actually want a pay raise at this point. Whatever happens, just to know that whatever team I go to I want to get paid more than I am now.

With fellow defensive ends Brandon Graham resigned and Derek Barnett set to return from injury, Bennett became the odd man out in Philadelphia. That was a regular theme as he was becoming a star with the Seahawks. He'll turn 34 during this season.

As the New England Patriots to get ready for another season and look towards yet another Super Bowl title, Bennett will now step into Trey Flowers' place on the Patriots defensive line.

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Bennett isn't a long-term answer for the Patriots.

This is a chess move by Belichick and the Patriots, who game the free agent.

Locked in at a reasonable salary for the upcoming season, the Eagles recognized there could be a market for Bennett given the lack of quality pass-rushers in free agency. Philadelphia acquired him in a trade with Seattle, and he had nine sacks in 16 games.

Bennett has a 2019 base salary of $6.2 million, a cap hit of $7.2 million, and was under contract for 2020 at a $7 million base salary.

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